2019 Featured Presenters

Adam Brown
Adam is a Senior Editor at diaTribe.org and Head of Diabetes Technology at Close Concerns. Adam brings 17 years of personal experience living with diabetes to all of his work at diaTribe, especially in testing out new technology like CGMs, insulin pumps, automated insulin delivery, and mobile apps. He writes an acclaimed column for diaTribe, Adam’s Corner, which has brought useful diabetes tips to over 1 million people since 2013. Adam’s first book, Bright Spots & Landmines: The Diabetes Guide I Wish Someone Had Handed Me, was published in May 2017 and received immediate praise for its actionable advice on food, mindset, exercise, and sleep. He is passionate about exercise, nutrition, psychology, and wellness, and spends his free time cycling in San Francisco.

Jesse Bushman
Jesse is JDRF’s Senior Director of Health Policy, a position he has held for about two years. He has worked in health policy for 21 years and somewhat like a baseball player switching teams, has also worked for the American College of Nurse- Midwives, Genentech (a major biopharmaceutical manufacturer), America’s Health Insurance Plans (the largest trade association for insurers), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (the federal agency overseeing those programs), the Medical Group Management Association and as a staffer in the US House of Representatives. This background has taught him to look at policy issues from a variety of perspectives, which proves useful in working with the various stakeholder that engage with JDRF.


Andrew Rakeman, Ph.D
Dr. Rakeman is the assistant vice president for research at JDRF, where he oversees all of the research programs to prevent and cure T1D. This includes beta cell regeneration, immunotherapies and prevention portfolios. He is responsible for the development and execution of strategies to advance a pipeline of academic and industry grants and partnerships, driving novel therapies to restore immune regulation and beta cell function for people with T1D.

Gary Scheiner MS, CDE
Gary is owner and Clinical Director of Integrated Diabetes Services, a practice located just outside of Philadelphia specializing in intensive insulin therapy and advanced education for children and adults. Gary has been a Certified Diabetes Educator for 22 years and has had T1D for 33 years. Gary was named 2014 Diabetes Educator of the Year by the American Association of Diabetes Educators. He has written six books, including the best-selling “Think Like A Pancreas-A Practical Guide to Managing Diabetes With Insulin”. He lectures nationally and internationally for people with diabetes as well as professionals in the healthcare industry. In addition to serving on the faculty of Children With Diabetes and the Board of Directors for JDRF, Gary volunteers for the American Diabetes Association, Diabetes Sisters, and Setebaid Diabetes Camps.

Dr. Andrew Stewart, M.D.

Dr. Stewart is a leading authority on human pancreatic beta cell replication and regeneration. His research focuses on understanding and developing novel means for inducing beta cell regeneration. His group was the first to demonstrate that growth factors could drive beta cell replication in vivo in mammals, and also improve glucose control in living animals. He was also the first to carefully define cell cycle control in the rodent and human beta cell, and is actively involved in understanding why human beta cells normally do not replicate. His team has been able to induce robust replication in human beta cells, and to reverse diabetes with engineered, rapidly replicating human beta cells in vivo. Since 2012, he has served as the director of the Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism Institute at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York.